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Tupaia by Joan Druett
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The engrossing story of a fascinating man. Skilled navigator, translator, orator, artist, politician, intermediary between European and Maori. Tupaia was quite probably seen by Maori as the leader of Cook's first expedition; understandably so. He certainly seems to have been responsible for much of its success.

Druett combines careful research with an accessible style and a rollicking pace, and gives us a thoroughly good read. Tupaia has waited far too long for an in-depth biography; in Druett he has found a worthy biographer.
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Robert Slocom,be Best book I have read for a long time.Hard to put down.
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